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MLB betting line favors Athletics over Rangers

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Aug 2, 10:05 PM | GrassO.co Coliseum

Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics Odds

60-49TEAM RECORD63-45

O.co Coliseum hosts an MLB battle between the Oakland Athletics and the visiting Texas Rangers on Friday.

The Athletics will turn to Tom Milone and his 9-8 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Rangers send Alexi Ogando (4-3) to the hill.

View Texas vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oakland was a -129 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 7.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 7-rated Athletics and the league No. 6-ranked Rangers, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Oakland has the American League's No. 8-rated offensive output, at 8.3 hits per game. The Rangers average 8.9 hits per game, good for No. 5 on the American League list.

Comparing defensive stats, Texas owns the American League's No. 7-rated road mark, allowing 4.3 runs per game on the highway. Oakland, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in scoring at home.

The Rangers were a 7-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Diamondbacks. That made winners of bettors who got Texas at -250 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for UNDER bettors. Texas hopes solid pitching and defense that led to their last victory - a 14-strikeout performance from Yu Darvish - will prevail again after their 7-1 victory against Arizona at Rangers Ballpark.

Last time out for Oakland, they were a 5-2 loser as they battled the Blue Jays at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jays at +140 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Athletics got to extra innings, but lost when they got there against Toronto on Wednesday; it was a 5-2 final at O.co Coliseum in MLB wagering action.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Oakland are 5-5
After playing Arizona are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing Texas are 6-4
After playing Toronto are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3

A few Rangers at Athletics trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 6 games
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas' last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oakland's last 8 games when playing at home against Texas
Oakland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Oakland's last 19 games
Oakland is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games at home

Next up:
Texas at Oakland, Saturday, August 3

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